West Indies won the toss and decided to go for a toss on March 23, 2011 in the first quarterfinal match against Pakistan. It was overall a bad day for it right from the beginning.
Going first to bat was not at all a bad decision considering it was a day-night match and dew factor plays good amount of role in second half of the game. But probably for Sammy and the team, something else was written on board already when they decided to go for the bat first.
Bad batting, low score below danger level, blunt fielding and unimpressive bowling was what was in store for West Indies in the first quarterfinal match of ICC World Cup 2011. Played at Dhaka, Bangladesh, Pakistan’s win was dead sure when they collected all West Indies’ wickets for a meager score of 112.
Eight players did not even touch a double figure score, out of which four displayed a totally non-committal attitude for the West Indies team. Only three of its batsmen could touch double figure score. Ramnaresh Sarwan made 24, Shivnarine Chanderpaul made unbeaten 44 and tail ender Kemar Roach made 16. The whole team was back to the pavilion in the 44th over. A solo 6 of the innings came from Chanderpaul.
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi took 4 wickets and is the highest wicker taker in this season’s World Cup tournament so far. It was a cakewalk for Pakistan openers Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez, who faced West Indies bowling as if playing against rookie bowlers. Akmal’s 47 and Hafeez’s brilliant 61 met the target in just his 21st over of the game.
Hafeez, who took 2 wickets and made 61 not out was awarded the player of the day award. The next quarterfinal match is on March 24, 2011 between India and Australia. Pakistan will meet the winner of this match in the semifinal.